Pre-season friendlies: Monaco win in Munich

By IndepthAfrica
In Soccer
Jul 20th, 2012

Monaco continued their preparations for the Ligue 2 season with a 2-0 win over Turkish side Sivasspor on Thursday.

Emir Bajrami and Valentin Eysseric were on the scoresheet as Claudio Ranieri’s men brushed past the Turkish Super Lig outfit in Munich.

The win was the perfect response from Monaco after suffering a 1-0 loss to English Premier League side Newcastle United on Monday.

Monaco opened the scoring midway through the first half when Bajrami struck with a stunning free-kick.

Ibrahima Toure was fouled after intercepting a sloppy pass in defence and Bajrami stepped up to curl a 25-yard free-kick in off the post.

Ranieri’s side doubled their advantage and put the game to bed on the hour-mark thanks to Eysseric.

After being put behind the defence, Valere Germain put a pass into the path of Eysseric, who side-footed home the finish.

Meanwhile, Steve Clarke’s first game as West Brom manager ended in a 1-0 defeat as Malmo hung on after Alex Nilsson scored early on.

Yassine El Ghanassy made his debut for the club towards the end of the match.

Matthew Etherington scored a penalty to give Stoke City a 1-0 win in Switzerland, despite FC Sion being three weeks ahead of Stoke in terms of pre-season preparations.

The visitors were always in control, with Asmir Begovic only called into action once, when Vasha Bullnet thought he had scored in the first half.

Kenwyne Jones proved too much to handle for Sion defender Jose Goncalves, who handled the ball to concede the penalty just before half-time.

Etherington was composed as he tucked the ball into the top right-hand corner.

Sunderland’s first pre-season game ended in a 1-0 defeat as they struggled to build any momentum against Korean side Seongnam.

Everton Santos missed a number of chances for the hosts before finally slotting past keeper Simon Mignolet on the half hour mark.

Sunderland went close through Kieran Richardson and Connor Wickham, who both were denied by the post, but it was really the home side who played the better football in the game.

Everton continued their good pre-season form with a 1-0 win over Dundee United.

The game was verging on being a dull 0-0 draw, but with three minutes remaining Ross Barkley found the back of the net with a strong header.

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